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Focal Stellia Review, Measurements, Interview - Head-Fi TV

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jude, Feb 12, 2019.
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  1. Marutks
    Do you think Stellias would sound good with Burson Conductor (v1) amp? Conductor's output impedance is 30 Ohm ( according to https://www.audiobot9000.com/ ) which seems a bit too high.
    I listened Stellias at CanJam and I liked them. I am not sure how compatible they are with Burson Conductor.
     
  2. up late
    i suspect that output impedance figure of 30 ohms is a mistake. the conductor v2+'s headphone output impedance is 3 ohms. the new conductor 3 ref's headphone output impedance is lower at 0.5 ohms. the stellia sounded great with the cv2+ to my ears.
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2019
  3. Hoegaardener70
    So, is any owner here thinking of replacing (or complementing) the Stellia with a ZMF Verite closed?
     
  4. mamsterla
    Not looking at more close backs since I feel the Stellias are end game, but thinking of what complementary open backs to get. Thinking of Utopia if I could afford it or Hifiman Arya as a similar end game headphone for when I want an open back.
     
  5. adcustom
    The Utopia is a no brainer choice as an open back compliment!
     
  6. Hoegaardener70
    I love my utopia, but you’d need to be a serious fanatic of the focal sound signature to complement the stellia with them. My utopias are definitely the go-to for classical music (and so would be the stellia), but I do love variation ... I’d recommend the Empy, couldn’t be more different :)
     
  7. arielext
    I settled on these 3 as my holy trinity:
    open back: SR-007mk2 combined with a KGSSHV amp
    semi-open: TH-X00 with custom (deeper) cups
    closed: Stellia ofc

    No need for compliments for me it depends on outside noise and mood.
     
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  8. musicman59
    I would take a look at the Rosson RAD-0.
    I listened to them, the Emphy and the Stellia all 3 out of the new Bricasti M3h DAC/Streamer/Headphones Amp. I was originally thinking of buying the Stellia but after listening to all 3 I placed an order for the RAD-0.
     
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  10. GreenBow
    Please, would you call the Stellia neutral, or just on the warm side?
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
  11. teknorob23
    just on the warm side of neutral, but only just.
     
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  12. greygrey
    hi everyone
    i just buy the stellia. looking after a nice dac /amp.
    anyone paired their stellia with a woo audio 8 eclipse.
    or alo cdm ?
    how is the synergy with portable tube amp?
     
  13. adcustom
    I’d recommend the Hugo 2 if you’re looking for something portable and the Arche for desktop-only usage.
     
  14. mamsterla
    The Stellias are pretty easy to drive, so you don't really need a heroic setup. You should look at the sound profile that you really like. As mentioned there seems to be some real synergy with the Chord gear. I was happy with my Chord Mojo, but I am getting a lot more drive and resolution out of my SMSL VMV D1 and AAA THX 789 right now. Both sound profiles are really quite enjoyable through the Stellias.
     
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  15. jmpsmash
    What are everyone's experience with after market cable upgrades? The factory cable isn't very ergonomically sound.
     
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